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Old 04-25-2013, 03:57 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Personally, I think this is a great idea and I endorse HR doing it. Even moderate FUDDs will start to hate the Dems.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:47 PM
Location: Del Rio, TN
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Originally Posted by swagger View Post
They're going after reloaders.

There's been discussion about this on a shooters' forum I'm on. Lots of guys into reloading there, of course, and they've all known it was going to be coming. I'm ashamed that it's originating with my senator, though. I can't stand the guy (Reid), but historically he's been somewhat reasonable on gun issues, for a Democrat.
Black powder is an explosive, but it is not (with a very few exceptions) used by "reloaders". Modern ammunition (since about 1900) uses "smokeless" powder, not black power. Smokeless powder is NOT AN EXPLOSIVE. When very tightly contained (such as in a firearm, behind a projectile) it burns very quickly, but it does not explode. Every country kid that dumped the powder out of shotgun shells or rifle cartridges and lit it can attest to that.

Black powder is most commonly used by muzzle loading firearms. The vast majority is used by hunters in "primitive weapons" seasons offered in most states. These of course are very slow loading, single shot weapons....the kinds even the most rabid anti-gun nuts had left alone. There are some shooters using first generation cartridge firearms (typically Sharps or similar rifles (think Quigley Down Under)) that do "reload" black powder into cartridge firearms, but these are quite a rarity.

Interestingly, according to an NPR article I was listening to yesterday, the black powder used by the Boston bombers did not come from a gun store. It was gathered from fireworks the little Islamic nutjobs bought and disassembled. So, even doing BGCs on black powder sales at gun stores would have accomplished nothing. Are we now going to institue waiting periods and back ground checks to buy firecrackers and sparklers? Only a responsible immigration and/or visa policy would have stopped these attacks...as well as 9/11.

But, like I expect most of us, I don't expect reason or common sense out of the hoplophobes. Like most of their other rants and hand wringing, it isn't aimed at doing anything to save lives or reduce crime. It is simply a means of attacking people with interests that they don't approve of.

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